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Slappey detour set for June 18-20

ALBANY, Ga. — The Georgia Department of Transportation will close a section of Slappey Boulevard June 18-20 while Norfolk Southern makes repairs to railroad track that crosses Slappey near Gillionville Road.

DOT officials said Wednesday that the work will begin at 8 a.m. June 18 and is expected to be completed on June 20 barring weather problems. Railroad workers will be repairing and replacing timber guards and cross ties with concrete panels.

Motorists traveling north on Slappey during the work will be directed to turn right onto Oglethorpe Boulevard, left on Jefferson Street and left on Pine Avenue, which intersects with Slappey. Local traffic already on Jefferson that is headed north will turn left onto Pine. Northbound truck traffic that has been routed to Jefferson will stay on that street and access the Liberty Expressway, where trucks will be directed to go west to reconnect with Slappey at exit 6B.

Southbound motorists and trcukers will be routed in the reverse of directions for northbound traffic.

DOT officials say the the detour route will be marked with barricades and signage to direct motorists around the work area. Delays are expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area, DOT officials say.